Health4Men has established itself as the premier centre of expertise for gay men’s sexual health in South Africa. The organisation provides free sexual healthcare to MSM (men who have sex with men), irrespective of whether they’re gay, bisexual or straight, including free medical consultations and treatment, with access to free anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment.
Health4Men has initiated a campaign to to train gay men to become peer educators. This free training will empower them to assume more responsibility for their own sexual health, in addition to their being able to inform and influence their partners and friends to make responsible sex-related decisions.
The Health4Men Peer Educator Programme consists of a series of training modules which must be completed over a six-month period. Six modules must be completed, of which five are compulsory and the remaining module can be chosen according to an individual’s personal interests.
The compulsory modules are as follows:
- Understanding male sexualities
- HIV and STI essentials for men
- Tools of the trade – biomedical prevention
- Basic counselling skills and ethics
- Empowering responsible behaviour
In addition to the above, either one of the following must also be completed:
- Anal, prostate and testicular health
- Recreational substances (drugs and alcohol) and sexual health
All training is free of charge and will take place at Health4Men’s new facility in Green Point, at 24 Napier Street. One module will be offered each month, on two alternate dates. The module for September is Understanding male sexualities and will be offered at the following times:
- 2 pm till 4 pm on Wednesday 8 September
- 6 pm till 8 pm on Wednesday 29 September
Space is limited – if you’re interested in participating, call Health4Men’s Green Point office on 021 421 6127, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat. Details of future training sessions will be posted here.